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Spiritual Life at SNU

Our staff of pastors offers pastoral care and Christian leadership to the Southern Nazarene University. We simply try to build relationships with students, to pray and study scripture, to provide opportunities for missions and service, and to give students in the SNU community the opportunity to gather and worship here on campus and in local churches around the city. Students are encouraged to come by our offices (main floor of commons behind the bookstore). Come talk to us, hang out, eat candy, and drink coffee! Our doors are open for you.

Blair SpindleDr. Blair Spindle - University Pastor

Campus Pastor and Dean of the Chapel Blair is a pastor who has given over 20 years to local church youth ministry and is passionate about urging students towards life long commitments to Christ and His church. He graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University, earned his Masters from Nazarene Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Blair served in ministry with his wife Tollya in Oklahoma, Florida, and Colorado. They have three beautiful daughters, Bethany, Bailey, and Brooklyn 

Banning DawsonBanning Dawson
Campus Pastor of Chapel and Discipleship 

Banning is a graduate of SNU with a degree in Music Business. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program working towards a MDiv in Missional Leadership. Banning is also the worship pastor at Midtown Church OKC.

He is passionate about the Church's understanding of holistic worship and discipleship. Banning and his wife, Katie Beth, love serving in ministry with the SNU and OKC community.

Liliana Reza  Liliana Reza
Campus Pastor of Missions and Service  Liliana Reza is a graduate of SNU with a degree in International Studies and attained a Masters of Intercultural Studies from and Nazarene Theological Seminary. She is passionate about cross-cultural ministry and developing opportunities for college students to engage in missional service with their communities. Liliana has served throughout South America in various ministry capacities. She is currently pursuing ordination with the Church of the Nazarene and continuing to serve the local church in downtown OKC.

Deanna Thomason

Deanna Thomason
Chapel Coordinator/Pastoral Assistant

Deanna is a graduate of SNU with a degree in Science Education. She has taught in the public school and homeschool community for the last 20 years.  

Currently she is involved in youth and women’s ministries at her local church where she serves. She is passionate about students falling in love with Jesus.

Contact Office of Campus Pastors:


Office of Campus Pastors
Commons Building
(Behind the Bookstore)

Office: 405.789.6400 x6216

Dr. Blair Spindle x6608

Banning Dawson x6445

Liliana Reza x6872

Deanna Thomason x6216

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Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage